Happy Chinese New Year!
So many members of the Little House community have Chinese heritage, and living in the wider community of Vancouver we have much cause to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Vancouver has one of the most vibrant Chinese communities in North America and is greatly enriched by Chinese culture and history.
Celebrating cultural diversity is so much fun with the Little Learners. Kids love to gain new perspectives, learn about different festivals and traditions, and of course do crafts! Today we listened to some beautiful Chinese instrumental music while making gorgeous lace-up paper fortune cookies, inspired by this blog, and Chinese “Happy New Year” character rubbings. Truly, I have never before witnessed the level of enthusiasm that my students had for the peaceful Chinese music and accompanying slide show during any other craft period! They were mesmerized!
To make your own rubbing tool, just draw and cut out Chinese characters that translate to “Happy New Year,” glue them onto some sturdy paper, and voila!
If you would like to try making the fortune cookies at home, here are some step by step instructions:
1. Using a dinner plate, trace a large circle on plain or printed paper. Remember that red is an auspicious colour for Chinese New Year!
2. Fold in half and make a seam then fold into quarters–but only press the fold in the centre of the paper this time.
5. Tie a length of string (50 cm or 1.5 feet) to one end and get ready for lacing! Younger children might benefit from a few staples at the top to hold the cookie together as they lace.